Unfortunately, the racing days are over for the little crop-duster and former air-race champion, Dusty Crophopper, as a grievous mechanical problem forces him to retire. However, a clumsy accident will pave the way for a brand-new career opportunity, as the historic Piston Peak National Park's newest firefighter cadet. There, the seasoned commander, Blade Ranger, and his elite squad of aerial firefighters will put to the test the daring recruit's courage and perseverance, to finally allow him to patrol the sensitive area. Once, Dusty was a famous racing aeroplane. Can he be a true hero now?